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We're still talking about Gauguin

In the #MeToo era he seems ripe for shaming into oblivion, yet he's more visible than ever

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Holland Cotter | NYT 

Complicated guy, Paul Gauguin, both in life and in art history. The painter of the mango-and-orchid palette was a romantic outsider who sacrificed all for personal freedom and art. He was also, we have come to learn, a bully, a liar and a sexual predator, who staged his fabled Tahitian idyll to generate fame. Upon arrival on the island in 1891 (his wife and five children long since deserted), Gauguin milked his colonial privilege for all it was worth, bedding local teenagers, some of whom he painted, and having islanders cater to his material needs. This view of Gauguin as creep ...

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First Published: Sat, November 23 2019. 01:24 IST